Heh. I had a me, petard & hoisted moment today.
Someone asked me if they could write a fanfic based on one of my books.
Now, I’ve always been of the opinion that if yer not makin’ money off it, and yer not ruining it for the author, no one (including the author) should give you shit for writing fanfic. Hell, I’ve written a few fics myself.
But before I could even reply to the very politely worded email, I found a resounding NO rolling around in my head. WTF?
I’m a small time author. It’d be tough to be more small time than I am. I mean hell, I’ve only got 4 commercial ebooks out. I don’t even FEEL like a real author because I have nothing in print. I have a bunch of free stories floating around on the net, as well as the commercial stuff, but big time I am not.
This person emailed me the other day to ask if I’d be writing a followup to one of my books. And while I can always THINK of something to write past the end of a book, I had, and still have, no intention of writing a followup to the one he was asking about. If I did, my answer to him would have been a clear no, because that’s what HE wants to do.
Likewise if someone asked to write in the Avatar world, the answer would be a clear no. Thank you, I’m flattered but no. I’m no where NEAR finished with that world and I don’t want anyone else’s muddy boots stomping around in it. Not, mind you, that I could stop someone. But I think some of my fans would boycott an Avatar fanfic that I was clearly against. Although maybe not.
So, I’m confused. And I feel like a total hypocrite (even though I haven’t given him an answer yet). The guy has done EVERYTHING that I always thought a polite person should do before writing a fan fic. But I still want to say no. I don’t think I will, but I want to. This doesn’t make me happy with me.
Part of this is because I don’t know what he wants to DO with said fanfic, and I was too flustered to ask him (and that happens almost never.) I guess that I feel if you have something wildly popular and commercially successful, that you should expect people to want to … play off it. Experiment off it. But for someone like me, who’d so small time, it never occurred to me that someone would ever bother to try and write fanfic.
So… thoughts anyone?